I hate the word 'narrative', but I can see how one unsubstantiated interpretation gets repeated enough times that it snowballs into a commonly held belief.Pretty impressive isn't it? I mean, yeah it's a bit concerning, but to watch it in real time leaves you a bit impressed if you're aware of it, and know what you're looking at.
I've talked about this phenomenon in a couple of other threads lately. To watch Sony fanboys create a desired narrative, repeat it, cultivate it, support and nurture it... Until it eventually becomes a widely accepted fact is crazy. I refer to it as "impressive" because while something like this might start here, it's effects can spread far and wide.
For instance, you can see people in this very thread still claiming the uncontested notion that the PS3 outsold the 360, but you'll also see it on several other websites as well that deal with mass stastics. Not any that are actually credible, but regardless. You can easily see the far flung effects of that narrative, which was created right here at GAF. And in that context, it is indeed impressive.
Not arguing that they probably agreed that they needed to change things in up in light on their position against the competition. But when the new CEO comes in trumpeting accessibility and availability as company values, namely to promote Azure growth, surely they were always going to veer into this direction regardless.
I’ll reword it to “fans of the third place console”
I would stray far away from hyperbolic and sensationalist grabbing headlines, Sony is still the market leader right here and now. However, the value proposition of Game Pass has a real opportunity to stay in the headlines and grab mind share. I don't believe it's rippling effects have been felt fully yet from gaming enthusiast forums > gaming media > YouTube influencers > retail clerks > the school yard. If you want to talk right here and now, that's pretty banal conversation. To look past the tip of your nose and discuss the future is intriguing.